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Safety and performance

Safety and performance

Vision: Every customer enjoys safe travel, regardless of transport mode or location, across a high-performing, integrated and efficient network.

NSW has set a target of zero trauma on the transport system by 2056, committing to significant reductions in absolute and per capita rates of trauma across road, rail, waterway and air transport infrastructure and services.

Achieving our safety vision will require a mix of targeted and proven initiatives that consider how people, vehicles, speeds and infrastructure work together to create a safe system now and into the future. It will also mean providing information and technology to support people to make safer decisions about their mobility choices.

Designing trauma out of the network will mean ensuring the majority of road travel occurs on 4- to 5-star roads, incorporating key safety measures such as median and roadside safety barriers, wide centrelines, audio tactile line markings, reduced speeds and traffic calming methods.

It also means prioritising a set of public safety performance measures that will track the level of risk in our system across our fixed infrastructure; vehicles, vessels and rolling stock; operators and controllers; and customers and the community. This includes responding to new and emerging public health concerns, such as COVID-19, with Transport delivering innovative solutions to keep our network running while maintaining the highest health and safety standards.

As technology develops and is tested and proven, new vehicles (such as connected and automated vehicles (CAVs)) and smart infrastructure are expected to reduce rates of road trauma caused by human error, if key safety features are embedded into them; but will also present new challenges, as road environments and road users adapt to this new technology, and as CAVs interact with traditional vehicles in mixed traffic. New technologies are also expected to improve traffic flow and efficiently manage higher traffic volumes.

City-shaping public transport passenger and road vehicle corridors will help deliver a safer, more reliable, high-performing network. Key corridors, including all NSW motorways, will be designed and upgraded as smart corridors that accommodate the vehicles of the future and other digital technologies.

Greater separation of major traffic flows will support higher performance and safety, with freight bypasses of major regional cities and centres. Improved separation of transport modes will remove interactions that cause unnecessary safety risks and negative impacts upon efficiency (such as level crossings and separated cycleways).

Prioritising safety during planning, design, construction, management and operation across our major transport projects will help to deliver a safe and integrated network. Providing safe and direct access to and from our future transport interchanges, especially for pedestrians and bike riders, not only delivers a safer integrated environment but can enhance the qualities of our places as well.

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